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DOJ Is Trying to Bully Lawyers Who Help Immigrants. First, They’ll Have to Overcome the First Amendment.

0SHARESShare The lawyers at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project recently found themselves in the crosshairs of the Department of Justice for doing something they’ve done for more than 30 years: helping immigrants who can’t afford a lawyer. In a letter to NWIRP, the DOJ attempted to require the group to either agree to provide full representation in deportation proceedings to an ...

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State Housing Finance Agencies Should Prevent Housing Discrimination Against Survivors of Domestic Violence

0SHARESShare After her ex-boyfriend stalked and harassed her, Tanica Lewis obtained a personal protection order against him. She informed her Detroit landlord of the order, which required him to stay away from her apartment. In March 2006, while she was at work, he broke the windows of her home and kicked in the door. Ms. Lewis reported the incident to ...

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5 Things Public Schools Can and Can’t Do When It Comes to Dress Codes

0SHARESShare Last week, a school principal and security guard threatened a senior named Summer at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina, with arrest for violating her school dress code because she was wearing a shirt that showed her collarbone and shoulders. Defiant, she spoke out — protesting the discipline and refusing to budge until the principal called her ...

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I Was Taken From My Family and Jailed For 57 Days Because I Am Poor

“I don’t care if you have one, two, three, four, five, six, or seven kids.” This is what the judge told me when I tried to explain that I was a single mom with seven kids. I could not afford to pay $100 a month toward traffic tickets. The judge threatened me with jail. I was scared. This all started ...

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Here’s What it Looks Like to Grow Up Undocumented in America

Jessica Colotl came to the United States from Mexico with her family when she was 11 and grew up undocumented in the U.S. She was arrested in 2010 for driving without a license on her college campus near Atlanta and threatened with deportation. But when the national media reported her story, she was freed from the immigration detention facility. Instantly, ...

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We Need School in Prison, and States Must Take the Lead

0SHARESShare The perimeter of the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo: The ACLU of New Jersey) Earlier in May, the Trump administration fired Amy Lopez , the first superintendent of the education system in the federal Bureau of Prisons, a position created by President Barack Obama. This decision signals a tragic departure from what had been a ...

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Why Trump’s Newest Parental Leave Proposal Still Doesn’t Cut It

0SHARESShare Last week, the Trump administration released its budget request to Congress and included a proposal for six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents. This paid leave plan is not as retrograde as the original plan, which, as we previously wrote , would have promoted sex stereotypes by limiting its benefits to married ...

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Why Did a Private Security Contractor Treat Standing Rock Protesters Like ‘Jihadists’?

0SHARESShare During my week-long visit to Standing Rock in January 2017, I listened to many water protectors speak about the shady tactics used against them by private security contractors and local law enforcement to undermine their protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline . I heard stories about DAPL security companies trying to infiltrate protest camps and instigate rifts between activists. ...

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We’ve Read the Trump Administration Draft Rule on Contraceptive Coverage, and It’s Frightening

0SHARESShare On Wednesday, Vox published a draft interim rule to alter the rule that requires workplace insurance plans to include coverage of contraception without a co-pay. It’s a policy change promised in the administration’s so-called religious liberty executive order. And it will make your hair stand on end. The contraception rule was meant to further women’s health and equality. The ...

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The Government Just Asked The Supreme Court to Revisit the Muslim Ban. Here’s What Comes Next.

0SHARESShare In the late hours of Thursday night, the Trump administration requested that the Supreme Court review the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that refused to let the president’s Muslim ban go forward. In doing so, the government has recommitted itself to fighting for the ban, which the Fourth Circuit found “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” ...

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